Will Smith's Panoramas - Cambodia - Angkor Wat temple area

Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious building.  After the civil war in the 1990's, tourism took off in around 2000 and 2001.  I first visited in March 2000, when the surrounding roads were very poor.  I returned in August 2004 with my wife, Mayang.  Now tourism is the major industry of the region.  The various temples, approximately 800 years old, are separated by some distance, best travelled by motorbike.

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Ta Promh temple : After the temples were abandoned, the forest grew over it.  In some places the forest has been cleared to show off the buildings.  Elsewhere, such as here, some of the most spectacular trees have been left growing on the temples.
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Angkor Thom temple : This is one of the best preserved and largest temples.  Dozens of haunting stone faces look north, south, east and west.
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Angkor Thom entrance gate : Angkor Thom is surrounded by a large perimeter wall.  There are 4 grand entrance gates, with the famous rows of heads.  Unfortunately most of the heads have been looted and sold overseas over the years.  Hopefully the income from tourism will buy better protection in future.

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Angkor Wat temple : Although many people call the whole temple complex 'Angkor Wat', more correctly, Angkor Wat is just one of the many temples.  It is large, well preserved and has a moat around the outside.  Unfortunately the main entrance pathway was undergoing restoration in 2004.  Luckily I also took a panorama back in 2000.
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